Rounding the Gaspe’ Peninsula

Rounding the Gaspe’ Peninsula

LOCATION: Grande-Vallee, Quebec on the north central side of Gaspe’ Peninsula

CAMPGROUND: Au Soleil Couchant. Right on the St. Lawrence. Commercial campground with everything you could ask for….spacious, flat site -right on the water, hook-ups, wifi, laundry, great bathrooms, community building with log fireplace, tables. Small swimming pool (and no noisy kids). Fire pits, picnic tables. We chose a non-service site for $22USD/night. Full hook-ups $26 USD/night. 5 stars out of 5.

WEATHER: Perfect. HIghs 70

After saying good-bye to our friendly, local ground hog, we said left Perce’ and headed north. The peninsula highway took us first north, then west, then east, then west around the tip. We stopped at the national park visitors’ center and inquired about camping. They are completely booked, so we drove onward. The drive through the park is magnificent, closely following the coast.

One of the best things about having an RV is that we can stop for a picnic at any time. The villages of Gaspe’ provide great municipal parks, so we stopped at this one, right on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I warmed up leftover clam chowder and we enjoyed it with a superb view.

Most of the villages along this route do not offer much. It seems like the tourists tend to stay in the southern part of the peninsula. There was virtually no traffic. We found this campground in a small town, and stopped to check it out. Perfect!

It is one of our best finds. We are literally feet away from the Gulf. No other camper is in front of us to block the view. Great wifi to catch up with folks. We chose a non-service site as it was cheaper.

We took a walk along the beach. Just beautiful to watch the Northern Gannet flying to Perce, a few freighters at a distance, and a few sail boats.

We bought some firewood and the kind kid manning the front desk delivered it to our site.

DINNER: I will make this again. Simple,, inexpensive, and good: Pasta with salmon cream cheese as the sauce. Added a few capers and a bit of half and half to water it down. Topped with smoked salmon slices. Side was sautéed carrots and dill in a butter sauce. Everything together was smashing!

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